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This issue urges you to book soon for your 2012 safari! We have space available next year in some of Africa’s best destinations. Whether you’re thinking of gliding along in a mokoro through the Okavango Delta, standing in the spray of the magnificent Victoria Falls, moving with the migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara, sunning yourself on a Mozambique beach or walking along a meandering river in Zambia, we can arrange it for you.

Please also take a look at our new Signature Safaris, which we hope will tempt you to take up one of our favourite African adventures next year.

Privately guided or Independent safaris?

We are sometimes asked what the difference is between travelling independently and being “privately guided”.

In our case, privately guided means enjoying the excellent company of John Stevens, who is recognised as one of Africa’s top guides. With more than 30 years’ experience under his belt, a trip with John is sure to be one that you’ll never forget, simply because he is able to bring a unique enthusiasm and fresh energy to every safari.

Seeing through John’s eyes is like seeing something for the first time. Hearing his stories, just awesome. You feel safe with John because he is cautious and respectful of the ways of the wild. John has a unique way with children, too – they love his engaging manner and he is more than happy to help them learn a few bush survival techniques!

As wonderful as it is to have John accompany you on safari, sometimes the budget just won’t allow it and you may wish to travel “independently” – and that’s where our recommended guides come in…

Each of the camps and lodges we build into our exclusive itineraries, whether privately guided or not, boasts some of Africa’s finest resident guides and scouts. Most of these places are small owner-managed concerns and, as such, the guiding is of a high standard. We wouldn’t recommend them otherwise. So, it’s entirely up to you and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

Book now for your 2012 Safari!

We are reminded every day that availability in Africa’s hottest destinations is getting increasingly rare, particularly in the smaller, more personal camps that we favour! Our close relationships with operators mean that we can negotiate good rates on your behalf and even beg for the best rooms! So sit down with your family and decide on the adventure of a lifetime - an exclusively designed safari or even one of our Signature Safaris.

Family safaris are incredibly bonding, plus each individual in the family unit discovers what their limits are – and how soon they can overcome these in a safari situation! Discover Africa’s wildlife, and her incredible diversity, but most of all – discover yourself. It’s all possible in Africa and it’s never too late – contact Nicci before year-end to arrange next year’s most exciting trip!

“Zimbabwe is a really exciting place to visit now, especially for the first time traveller to Africa. Perceptions of my country are beginning to change and we've witnessed enormous progress in the past two years,” says archaeologist, safari guide and native Zimbabwean Paul Hubbard.

Extract taken from an original article by Mark Sissons,
Calgary Herald; Postmedia News, November 2011

While you’re here, lend a hand

One of the great things about coming to Africa on safari is interacting with the local people, learning new cultures, experiencing other lives. There’s even a chance of life-changing experiences if you get hands-on involved with a local community. Our suggestion in the last letter – Numwa School at Imire Safari Ranch – still stands, but we’d like to put forward a couple of other suggestions.

Sponsoring an animal is always a great idea – and Imire’s conservation programmes afford you the opportunity to do just that. Sponsor a rhino and help protect this incredible and endangered species. Tatenda the young rhino made famous in the Animal Planet film, “There’s a Rhino in my house” or Kutanga the baby elephant will be happy to receive your donations for their continued wellbeing and protection!

Depending on your personal skills and expertise, you don’t need to donate money, just your time - painting, teaching, building, gardening, sewing… it’s incredible what joy this all brings, and what a difference you can make. Fantastic for children, too, to learn how fortunate they are and how they can make a special connection here in Africa.
Africa’s people are engaging, enthusiastic learners and always grateful for any input you can give. Please see these websites for other ideas that might interest you.

Mana Pools is an area in Zimbabwe particularly close to our hearts and we’d like to draw your attention to a potentially harmful development that is being proposed in this World Heritage Site. Please read and pass on to your friends and colleagues. The more the world knows about what’s going on in Mana Pools, the better. We can all do something to help protect this precious part of Africa, even if just adding to the cacophony of concern!

Mara to Mana Invitational Safari

Spaces are being snatched up fast for one of our most exciting offerings next year, the Mara to Mana invitational, 21st August to 1st September 2012. Two of Africa’s top guides, our very own John Stevens and Kenya’s Calvin Cottar, have combined their talents to steer an exclusive safari from Kenya’s beautiful Masai Mara to Zimbabwe’s incredible Mana Pools.

This limited edition invitational safari includes 4 nights at Cottar’s 1920s-style camp, 4 nights with the Mana Pools Safari Company’s luxury tented camp and ends with a magical 2 nights at the world-famous Victoria Falls! Contact Nicci now to secure your place alongside Africa’s legends –

We are pleased to offer a limited range of private and small group safaris to some of our favourite places in Africa. Although these safaris are not tailor-made, they remain infused with the Stevens’ well-known ethos of quality and class.

They are more affordable than bespoke and, although John will not join you on these trips, he has contributed considerably to these ideas; you’ll enjoy the hospitality of world-class lodges and camps run by people we know, the knowledge and expertise of brilliant guides whom John would recommend, plus efficient ground handling and transfers.

This is John Stevens Guided Safaris Africa best-of-the-best, and we’re happy to share it with you!

“Knocker’s Tanzania” - March 2012

“Active Adventure Zam-Zim” - July / August 2012

“Saddle & Paddle Botswana” - September / October 2012

Years of first-hand experience, extensive knowledge and great contacts combine to create a Signature Safari of unforgettable experiences and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and the fascination of the ancient continent of Africa and her people.

Please note:
If you love the sound of any of these Signature Safaris, but would rather take them at a different time, or with added extensions, this can be arranged. Similarly, if you’d like to lengthen or shorten the safari, or have it organised privately, we can do this for you. Email Nicci – with your requirements, we look forward to discussing these with you.

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